Adrian Peterson is a football player for the Minnesota Vikings football team in the National Football League. He is an outstanding running back, but a few months ago, in his role as father, Mr. Peterson crossed the line of behavior. He used a twig to beat his little boy. According to Mr. Peterson, his dad beat him so what else could he do but beat his son. I assume he means the only concept of punishment that was known to him was use of a twig to beat a little boy. After hesitating to punish Mr. Peterson, Roger Goodell, the head of the NFL finally decided to come down hard. His punishment is banning Mr. Peterson from playing a year and surrendering millions of dollars. Most liberals hail the decision as the right punishment for the act of domestic violence. However, the punishment raises a few human rights questions:
1. Does my employer have the right to punish me if I resort violence in my family life?
2. Does my employer function as cop, jury and judge?
3. Does my employer have the right to define domestic violence?
4. Are there are actions in my private life that my employer has the right to inflict punishment because he does not agree with my actions?
5. Can my employer decide that my political views might be construed as impacting his business and therefore he has the right to punish me?
We need to rethink what employers can do to their employees. How about an impartial third party who makes decisions?